Jul 12, 2011 1:00pm EDT
was shot and killed in his kandahar home today. a killer a bodyguard who taliban officials say they hired to infiltrate karzai's inner circle. this comes as a blow to the government just days after a visit from u.s. defense secretary leon panetta. we're joined by william cohen. thank you for being with us. >> good to be with you. >> let me ask you about this assassination. some have said this will be a huge propaganda victory for the taliban. do youee? >> anytime they can get that close to the inner circle of president karzai it's a big victory for them. it points out the difficulty that president karzai has had in trying to cope with the local politics as such where all frequently invoking tip o'neill's axiom that all politics is local. we're seeing that all politics are local in afghanistan. that's one of the problems that president karzai has. secondly his brother has a reputation of being a power broker. most of our military leaders have said there's not a military solution in afghanistan it's a political one. it makes it that much more difficult. i think it's going to be more challen
Jul 12, 2011 10:00am EDT
hamid karzai has been assassinated in his own home by a bodyguard hired by the taliban. president karzai says his brother's death is a pain he shares with all afghans. the taliban statement says karzai was, "punished for all his wrong doing." >>> a mid-air miracle. two small planes flying over an alaskan mountain corridor. they managed to land safely. the cessna hit the tail of a piper navajo. no one was hurt. this is unregulated air space. >>> it's the land space walk of the shuttle era. it's not "atlantis" astronauts conducting it. space station residents are venturing out to remove a broken pump. the 13-day flight by "atlantis" is the last for nasa's 30-year long shuttle program. >>> michelle obama and three former first ladies among those heading to california for betty ford's funeral today. a second funeral will be held on thursday in michigan where she will be buried after a private service at the gerald ford museum. mrs. ford who is the widow of the former president died at age 93. rumors of the death of hugh hefner had been circulating on twitter and facebook. they are not true.
Jul 12, 2011 11:00am EDT
this morning. the shooter was also killed. the taliban taking credit for this murder, claiming they hired the man who did it. u.s. officials believe ahmad wali karzai had ties with the drug cartel in the country. >>> wikileaks founder is in court to be extradited back. the court appearance follows a lavish birthday party he threw for himself over the weekend. >>> the great recession devastated minorities in this country, possibly erasing decades of progress made by the middle class. the recession knocked the average net worth of white house soelds from $137,000 to $97,000, a 24% drop. among black families, average net worth fell from $13,000 to just $2,000. that means black families saw their income plunge 83% from the recession. joining me in our sound-off segment is nbc contributor melissa harris perry, professor of political science at tulane as well as college of the nation. i think i haven't seen you in a month of sundays. >> it's been a long time. >> great to have you back. as we look at what these numbers mean, they mean every dollar a white household has, the average black househo
Jul 1, 2011 1:00pm EDT
is a real signal from the taliban and network they can go to a target right in the heart of the capital. if the karzai forces we've been training up can't defend -- they responded well in the emergency, we're told, but if they can't respond in kabul, isn't that a signal it's going to be a long haul, and maybe there is no legacy end of the tunnel? >> i think the reset of our afghan policy last week by the president was correct. i think it was long in coming. i was never a fan of the surge or the counterinsurgency doctrine. karzai is not a willing partner. last week this mumbai style shooting attack, it could have been worse. i would give the afghans a little credit, but it was staged by the hakani gnat wornetwork, protected group, protected by the pakistani government. that group comes over the border regularly, kills our troops and obviously now is prepared to shoot at big targets in afghanistan. it's a bad signal about how ready the pakistanis are to confront terror networks in their own country. >> jane harman from the woodrow wilson center, thank you very much. >>> and up next here,